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(Sara Whitford's, a member of my Carteret Homeschoolers organization, ancestor by the name of Jacob Miller adopted my fifth great grandfather after the rest of his family were killed. Small world. I noticed her email address had Tuscarora in it, and when I asked her about it, Bingo~ BT)
On September 23, 1711, my 6X grandfather, his wife, and five of his six children were killed by the Tuscarora Indians at Core Creek, NC,

and I have found the place where it occurred. This branch of my forefathers came over in 1709 with the Swiss-Palatines who founded New Bern in 1710.

The Indians went on the killing spree after continual encroachment upon their lands that moved up the river from New Bern. The slaughter occurred over a period of three days, and about 200 settlers were killed. The massacre was a Day of Remembrance in NC for over 100 years, and *reports state that women were killed by having saplings forced into their vaginas. *Shown to me and my half-brother John Koonce in 1988 by an elderly lady who was a librarian in New Bern.

The Tuscarora were almost wiped out later as a result.

My 6th Great Grandfather Was Recognized As Fighting/Dying In The Militia At Core Creek At 35 Years Of Age. A son who was seventeen at the time was also killed, but there is no mention of him. His wife was killed, his daughter, who was but three, was killed, and my fifth great grandfather, at seven years old, was missed somehow, and most fortunately.
"In the following year, his name appears in an official record of claims paid to persons in Craven Precinct in consequence of militia service
rendered by themselves or their testators, intestates, or assignors, during the Tuscarora War."

Four Of His Seven Grandsons Served In The Craven County Militia
"Four of these sons--John, George, Jr., Tobias and Michael--are included in a muster of Craven County militia for the years 1754-1756."

The Tuscarora War, 1711-1715
(My name was changed from Koonce to Townsend when I was adopted by my aunt after my mother died when I was thirteen months old. BT)
"The Koonce family of North Carolina originated in the Palatinate, the region along the upper Rhine River in Southern Germany, which supplied a large proportion of the Swiss and German colonists who founded the town of New Bern, NC in 1710 under the leadership of Baron Christopher De Graffenreid. The founder of the family in North Carolina was Johann Christian Kunitzsli, which was anglicized to John Koonce. John, his wife, and six children, survived the hardships of the voyage to America only to encounter worst misfortunes upon arrival in Virginia in April 1710.

These Palatines who survived the arduous voyage traveled on foot to Colonel Thomas Pollock's plantation on the Chowan River instead of re-embarking in Virginia, because of the Privateers and the Sand Bars at the mouth of the James River. From there they crossed the Albemarle Sound into Bath County and were located in May or June by John Lawson on land between the Neuse and Trent Rivers, called by the Indians "Chattooka." They brought their Bibles, Hymn books, catechisms and long guns. It was from the long guns, originated and made exclusively in the Rhineland Region, that the famous Kentucky long rifles evolved. They settled on plantations allotted to them along the Neuse and Trent Rivers and their tributaries and lived prosperously until September 1711. When the tribes of the Tuscarora Indians became increasingly incensed by the encroachments of the white settlers, they combined forces and laid waste a large area, massacring a large proportion on the colonists, including one-third of the Swiss and Palatines of New Bern. John Koonce and his family, with the exception of one son, George, were included in this slaughter by the Indians."
(Core Creek, NC, September 23, 1711)
Information from Palatine Settlers Of The Neuse And Trent Rivers 1710 by Lillian F. Wood, The Koonce Family Of Eastern North Carolina by Benjamin Granade Koonce, Jr, personal papers and the will of George Koonce, my fifth great grandfather.
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